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  • Youth Speaking Up for Race Unity

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    New Zealand youth are inspiring action on race relations in New Zealand.

  • Additional funding for Ethnic Communities Development Fund now open

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    The Government has announced an increase to the Ethnic Communities Development Fund following the 15 March terror attacks.

    Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa announced on 13 April 2019 that the Fund, which supports initiatives that aim to improve New Zealand’s social cohesion and development of our ethnic communities, will receive an immediate uplift of $1 million.

    “The Fund is now open to new applications. It will give affected communities the power to develop and lead their own projects alongside other Government initiatives,” says Minister Salesa.

  • Minister announces measures to support communities affected by terror attack

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    The Government has announced a range of measures to support ethnic communities affected by the 15 March terror attacks.

    Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa announced on 13 April 2019 that she will co-host a series of meetings across the country with key Muslim leaders.

  • More of Us, poems by 46 writers who came to New Zealand as migrants and refugees

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    More of Us, released 21 March 2019, is a compilation of poetry written by 46 former refugees and migrants from 29 countries, all now living in New Zealand.

    The book was published by Landing Press, a small Wellington-based company that aims to publish good poetry for people to enjoy.

    The book release was held at the National Library in Wellington by Michael Wood, Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities.

  • Spotlight on: Shirish Paranjape

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    We recently spoke with Shirish Paranjape, a leader in the Christchurch community, to find out more about his governance board experience.

    The Office of Ethnic Communities Nominations Service supported Shirish Paranjape’s appointment to the Department of Internal Affairs' Lottery Significant Projects and Community Facilities Committee.

  • Spotlight on: Pengbo Jiang

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities Nominations Service supported Pengbo Jiang's appointment to the Department of Internal Affairs' Lottery Significant Projects and Community Facilities Committee.

    We sat down with Pengbo to discuss his leadership and governance journey.

  • Interactive superdiversity tool has been developed

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    New interactive, online tool will give government agencies, employers and media an understanding of superdiversity!

  • Ethnic community group supports migrants to understand tax in New Zealand

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    On 2 March 2019, Indian community organisation Ekta, hosted an Inland Revenue seminar for migrants on the tax implications of overseas income and assets.

  • Police officer helps keep Christchurch beautiful

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    Li Ying Cai is one of the first Chinese women police officers in Christchurch and is well known in the community as an example of and champion for diversity.